The Study in the UK practical guide to choosing a UK university

Published by Study in the UK on September 26th, 2011
Study in the UK Guide

Deciding which course you’d like to study in the uk is part inspiration, and part hard work. That hard work is the effort you need to spend finding out more about every opportunity available to you – and then comparing them to make the best decision for your future. In this article, Study in the UK experts will guide you through the best ways to research your the university of your choice, ensuring you don’t waste any time in making that important choice!


International education is a great way to achieve your dream. Studying in the UK is a unique opportunity for all international and Middle Eastern students due to high quality of teaching on offer in the UK.


You don’t need to leave your desk to find out more about the options available. Many students start with Google, but why not check out website first as you will a lot of information and advice on how we can help you find the best UK university. You may have a long list of university and course options so here are some other ways to narrow it down:

3. Visit university websites

Some university websites are huge and complex, but most have a section dedicated to international students where you can find out more about the services they offer. Look for information about student support – will they help you find accommodation, do they organise trips and activities to help you settle into your new home? They may have video interviews with current students, or links to student blogs, where you can get a sense of what it’s really like to study and live there. They should also have details about visas, scholarships and tuition fees so you know exactly what your investment will be.

4. Have a chat with one of our educational advisers

You may feel more comfortable using a higher education adviser to arrange your application. This will ensure that all aspects of your UK university study is taken care of. You just need to ensure that you already have some information on your shortlist of courses and preferred university, so you can ask specific questions to narrow your choice further.

5. Ask your friends and family

There’s a good chance you already know someone who has studied overseas, so don’t be afraid to ask for their advice – even if they chose a completely different field of study. What’s the one thing they wish they’d thought about before they made their final decision?

6. Visit your destination’s education sites

Make sure you understand what it will really be like to live in that country, and what you’ll need to do to get a visa. Check out the education websites for destinations such as the UK and learn more about student experiences, what you can do once you graduate, and how you can make sure the university you choose has a quality reputation.

7. Check out specialist guides

Other independent guides include the QS Top Universities guide and Hobson’s Good Uni guides. 8. Narrow your search further You can now narrow your long list down to a few options. If you’re still wondering which way to go, write down a list of the criteria that are most important to you, such as:

  • University’s International ranking
  • Avaialble graduate opportunities
  • Ability to work part-time or as intern
  • Cost of living and fees in the UK
  • Possibility getting a study visa
  • British cultural experience and life in the UK
  • Quality of teaching
  • Location (city or rural, close to tourist attractions or work)

Rank each of these of these universities in order of importance, then use all the research you have gathered to decide where each option sits on this scale.